The most popular part of the Foothills Trail is the Puyallup-South Prairie piece. The East Puyallup to McMillin section is four miles of trail that winds through trees and farms and runs alongside an active railway. It's a wonderful alternative to riding SR 162. This extends our trail to 15 contiguous miles from East Puyallup through McMillin and Orting to South Prairie or a tremendous 30 mile roundtrip.
This is also Pierce County's first Rails-with-Trail, paralleling an active Burlington Northern track. The trail crosses the railroad track in four locations. Use extra care when crossing the track. From early spring through late fall, you can observe the farming cycle of spring planting through a variety of harvest seasons.
The trailheads at McMillin and South Prairie, along with the East Puyallup location are designed to look like miniature train stations.
East Puyallup Trailhead Parking & Restroom Closures for Summer 2023
The East Puyallup Trailhead Expansion Project construction will begin in the Summer of 2023 and will take 4-5 months to complete. During construction, the trail through the site will remain open, but the parking lot and restroom will be closed.
Visit the project website to learn more.We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we make the trailhead improvements.
East Puyallup Trailhead
The East Puyallup Trailhead features a restroom facility, kiosk, bicycle rack, equestrian hitching post, and 23 parking spaces. This trailhead is located on the right directly after the cement bridge at the confluence of the Puyallup and Carbon Rivers.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the East Puyallup trailhead, from the intersection of State Route 167 and SR 410 in Sumner, follow SR 410 east for 1.3 miles. Take the SR 162/Valley Avenue exit toward Orting, and follow SR 162 for 0.5 mile south. Turn right onto 80th Street E. The East Puyallup trailhead is about 1 mile ahead on the right.